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3pm Empire: Subjects, Networks, Resistance

November 5, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Week 8 [5th November]: Infrastructure Discussion Topic: All Roads Lead to Rome Reading:

-Bruno Latour, “Networks, Societies, Spheres: Reflections of an Actor-Network Theorist,” International Journal of Communication 5 (2011): 796–810.

-read: Maas, Michael, and Derek Ruths, “Road Connectivity and the Structure of Ancient Empires: A Case Study from Late Antiquity,” in Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World, 5. Edited by Susan E Alcock, John P Bodel and Richard J A Talbert (Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012): 255-264.

-watch: The Roman Empire .

-play: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World .

This reading group examines empires, ancient and modern, as a way into understanding our own presence as subjects in the neoliberal contemporary. We seek to untangle complex networks fabricated by empires where “all roads lead to Rome” but “all routers lead to the NSA,” and where movements such as Idle No More and Anonymous challenge these structures. We will investigate “Empire” across temporal, cultural, and disciplinary divisions to create a broader conversation amongst academics, technologists, artists, and other interested individuals, as we emphasize self-reflexivity alongside critical thinking illuminated by the humanities. Thursdays 15h00-17h00 IPLAI download outline. For more information contact Angela Tozer  angela.tozer@mail.mcgill.ca or Rebecca Robinson rebecca.robinson@mail.mcgill.ca


November 5, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


3610 McTavish, 2nd floor
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 Canada